Do you know what day it is? Yes, it’s October 3rd, Lindsey, but most importantly, it’s the 10th anniversary of the night we were introduced to the white-picketed world of Wisteria Lane—and the ladies who live there—on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. From that infamous “Pilot” episode (which garnered 21.6 million viewers, the best showing for ABC in a decade at that time), all of us were instantly hooked on the bizarrely brilliant characters and drawn into their world of lies, scandal, death, desperation and, ahem, the seduction of one smokin’-hot gardener.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. Since that day, Jackson’s estate has been rolling in dough, due to booming music royalties, two successful posthumous albums and Cirque Du Soleil’s “Immortal World Tour,” which has logged in over 500 sold-out performances since its launch in 2011. It certainly seems as if Michael never left us.
Yesterday, actress Sarah Paulson took to Twitter to reveal the character, er ,characters she will be playing on the next installment of American Horror Story, this time themed “Freak Show.”
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014
After what seems like an eternity in isolation, smash Netflix series Orange is the New Black season 2 will be available to stream tomorrow, Friday, June 6th. So what can we expect? Show creator Jenji Kohan offers a few hints on Entertainment Weekly: “We had a theme for season 2. A little darker, a little more fractured. We wanted to explore the groups one at a time. It was getting a little summer-campy, and we wanted to address the realities that this is prison. We needed a little more drama.”
Sinead, is that really you? Yesterday, Irish songbird Sinead O’Connor had the Internet buzzing when she released her new album cover showing the singer trading in her Irish hipster look for slick rock-and-roll dominatrix getup — and she’s never looked better. Gone is Sinead’s trademark buzzcut; in its place is a black skin tight leather dress topped with a sexy cropped wig. The “Nothing Compares 2U” chanteuse’s 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is due for release on August 12th.
Besides branding a fierce new look, O’Connor is also very passionate about the album’s title. On her official website she posted: “Originally, I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss” and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss, and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. ”
The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.
I remember how obsessed I was with Danity Kane while following their every move on Diddy‘s MTV series, Making The Band: I love their classic bangers “Damaged” and “Showstopper.” Now, after a five-year hiatus, the girls have returned with their new single “Lemonade“…and as a trio. In fact, the day after I spoke with the girls, Aundrea Fimbres announced during the group’s “No Filter” tour kickoff in San Francisco that she was going to be leaving Danity Kane to focus on motherhood. However, as Danity Kane knows, the show must go on; this Sunday, they hit the TLA stage. I chatted with Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex about their new music, new sound, and what exactly their fierce “Lemonade” single is all about. Read more »
I’ll never forget the first time Mariah Carey burst into my life in the early 90’s. Hearing that glass-shattering voice was closeted gay love at first sight. Right from her debut single “Vision Of Love“, I became completely and totally obsessed. I fell in love with her even more during her coo-coo bananas phase when she showed up on TRL with some popsicles and a bizarre striptease (All I can say is, Thank god for You-Tube). And, of course, there is her fabulous comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi: be still our gay hearts.
Nothing quite complements that worked-out beach bod like some sizzling summer tunes. This season, Mariah, Lana and La Roux are all returning with new music to provide you the perfect soundtrack while you’re making all your summer dreams come true. I’ve rounded up a few notable summer 2014 releases below that will be just the tunes to blast at your Rehomo beach blanket Bingo parties.
Philly fans — and even non-fans — of X-Men will have extra incentive to stand in line for the next iteration of the long-running franchise, Days of Future Past, when it opens on May 23rd. It stars Philly-bred actor Evan Jonigkeit as the quick-tongued, sure-footed Toad. He’s reprising the role played by Ray Park in the original X-Men trilogy.
I had a chance to catch up with the burgeoning star, who, full disclosure, I attended Neshaminy High School with back in the day. He opened up about his local beginnings with Mauckingbird Theatre Company, chumming around with Jennifer Lawrence on the set of X-Men, and what it was like having Kathleen Turner see him in his birthday suit on Broadway.